At Marmalade Trust we rely on our team of volunteers to enable the smooth running of the charity, and to make our Christmas Day lunches so special. Without our dedicated group of friendly and committed volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.

Would you like to help us make Christmas Day special for lonely and isolated people? We require over 100 volunteers over the festive period. If you live in Bristol, South Glos or the surrounding areas and have time to spare we would love to hear from you.

Our three main Christmas roles are summarised below. On occasions we also require support with planning or running events and are always in need of fundraisers. We like to invite all of our guests as friends so do not charge them for their Christmas Day meal.

To register your interest in volunteering/fundraising, or to apply for a specific Christmas role, please complete our online form here or download the application form.

We have now filled all volunteer positions for Christmas 2017. It’s never too early to apply for Christmas 2018 though so please complete the application form and we’ll be in touch in the new year. Thank you! 

Head Elf  As a Head Elf you will play a key part in helping to coordinate and run a successful Christmas Day event at one of our venues. Your main responsibility is to ensure our Christmas Day guests and our volunteer drivers are appropriately connected and turn up at the right time, the right place, and on the right day! Click here to download the detailed role outline and person specification.

Reindeer – As a Reindeer you will be responsible for collecting a guest/s from their home on Christmas Day and driving them to/from one of our venues. This role is suited to volunteers who can spare approximately one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon on Christmas Day. It is also possible to carry out just one part of the journey however we do prioritise volunteers who can do both. Click here to download the detailed Reindeer role outline.

Rudolph – As a Rudolph volunteer you will carry out the same driving duties as a Reindeer, however, you will stay for the duration of the meal to support the Head Elf with the smooth running of the event and help our guests feel settled, happy and most importantly, have fun! Click here to download the Rudolph role outline.

Work based Volunteering

Are you a social media wiz, a design genius or even a highly organised administrator? At Marmalade Trust we’re keen to hear from skilled professionals who are looking to gain experience in an up and coming charity.

In return for a few hours each week supporting our head office functions, you’ll receive:

  • Experience working in a rapidly growing charity
  • The opportunity to utilise your skills for a meaningful cause
  • Ongoing support and training where necessary
  • A professional reference to go on your CV

If you have a skills to share then we’d love to hear from you.

Listen to Kelly talking on BBC Breakfast about volunteering with Marmalade Trust:

Volunteer form

Personal Information

Your Name*

Your Email*



Tel number*

Next of Kin (name and tel no.)*

Do you have a current DBS? (previously known as CRB?)

Anything else you think we should know? (including specific skills/areas of interest etc)

For Drivers:

Car type:



Volunteering options

Please tick which Christmas role you would like to apply for and/or what other volunteering opportunities you are interested in…

Christmas 2018 (2017 applications now closed):

Head ElfReindeer (two-ways)Reindeer (one-way a.m.)Reindeer (one-way p.m.)Rudolph

Other volunteering opportunities:

Help us to raise funds for Christmas and events (e.g. organising a cake sale; making decorations etc)Raise awareness of Marmalade TrustHelp us to organise events – planning etc.Other – do you have a specialist interest or skill?